AUSTRALIA, September 2012 (Press Release): Starting from the Sri Murugan Temple in Westmead on Saturday September 29, a group of 108 will walk in the age-old tradition of Hindu Yatra (pilgrimage) visiting 5 temples along the way to finish at SVT Helensburgh on Sunday September 30, covering 43.5 miles over 2 days.
Pilgrimage on foot, Pada Yatra, to holy places is a special Hindu tradition that brings about physical stamina and spiritual upliftment. Our forefathers and sages have walked the length and breadth of India. Pada Yatra 2012 is organized by a group of young men who have done this walk to Helensburgh for several years. The event is well organized with approvals from NSW Premier's Department, Police, RTA/RMS and various councils and temples along the way. This is strictly a devotional, non-profit, endeavor by Hindu youth of Sydney.
The Yatra starts at 6am at the Sri Murugan Temple and proceeds to BAPS Swaminarayan Temple (RoseHill), Sri Mandir (Auburn), Karpaga Vinayakar Temple (Flemington), Shirdi Sai Mandir (South Strathfield), then to Helensburgh with an overnight stay at Sutherland.
Supported by all the Hindu temples of Sydney, this Yatra is held under the auspices of the Hindu Council of Australia (HCA) and plans to be a regular annual event. The Yatra is limited to the first 108 responders. To register email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone and walking experience.